Root Cause of LPR?

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lprcanbebeat
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   Posted 8/16/2011 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Everyone,

I believe that there is a strong like between LPR and the mind. I was diagnosed with LPR/GERD in 2008, and cured myself of all symptoms for two years following the use of PPI's for three months. Although the PPI's proved to be effective for the most part, I still experienced some breakthrough symptoms. After a few weeks of feeling this way, I just convinced myself that I don't have LPR or GERD. I've read an infinite amount of articles about people curing themselves from terminal diseases like cancer and one stands out in my mind. One woman had tumors the size of golf balls and she pictured soldiers killing them off in her mind every day. Some time later, the medical field was baffled because she beat her cancer! I think we LPR suffers could do the same. Think about it, there is a way to live with and cure some of the worst diseases out there. With this in mind, we should definitely be able to curb our LPR!

I was successful at curing myself for 2 years, so I guess it's safe to say that I was in remission. If I can go so long with no symptoms, is it safe to say that I have no problem with my UES or LES? Also, I just quit smoking about a month ago after 8 years of smoking and my body went through hell, as I suffered from heavy withdrawal symptoms. I wonder if that could have brought the LPR back?

Any input, comments, and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Thanks,

Masha

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 8/16/2011 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
interesting. i don't discount the benefits of positive thought...

But I can say I had one point of 6 months without any symptoms, and that convinced me that there was nothing mechanically wrong with me. It must have been a bad reaction to an antibiotic, maybe made worse afterwards by stress or who knows...

But I am now off PPI's and can go 3-4 weeks + with no symptoms followed by the same amount of time with constant symptoms. The kicker is my diet is always 100% the same day to day, and I can be having a great time with no worries in the world when GERD comes back after one of these periods. For me, it makes no sense. I'd expect some stressor or negative thinking to bring it back...

lprcanbebeat
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   Posted 8/16/2011 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd have to agree with that, if you could go 6 months without any symptoms, then your sphincter(s) should be fine. Since you no longer take PPI's, what do you do when your symptoms flare up? If you don't mind me asking, do you have silent GERD or heartburn?

Neptunian808
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   Posted 8/16/2011 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
is it safe to say that I have no problem with my UES or LES?...only a manometry can give you the answer

how were you diagnosed with lpr? ph monitoring/impedance?

i've search everywhere for a cure for my lpr and ive spent a lot of money but here i am waking up with a sore throat and dealing with throat discomfort everytime i speak, i dont believe those people who talk about miracle cures or possitive thinking, how can you be possitive when doctors dont even know what's wrong with you.

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 8/16/2011 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not on PPI's due to side-effects, if I could stand them I'd be on them. I have been forging through symptoms for a while but last endoscopy looked fine...

lprcanbebeat
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   Posted 8/16/2011 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry about your situation Neptunian, I really can relate. I have been miserable myself and don't believe in miracle cures either but I was successful at convincing myself that I no longer had LPR, no matter how hard this may be for anyone to believe.

I'm positive because my symptoms went away once and I believe they will again. While I try to keep an optimistic outlook, I am now dealing with disturbing symptoms on a daily basis...I keep feeling like something is in my throat, have excessive mucous, and very thick/sticky saliva. I was also coughing heavily and clearing my throat non-stop, but the PPI's seem to help ease these symptoms. However, somedays I feel so terrible and it is makes me absolutely miserable and is ruining my quality of life.

With all the mystery in the medical literature, I am the only person I can rely on so if I don't stay positive for myself, I don't know who else will.

Hope you find relief

mock turtle
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   Posted 8/16/2011 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
lprcanbebeat

i agree...if,,,, if, a person has an intact functioning les, small or no hiatal hernia,, and the problem is primarily transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations...(t LES Rs)

we know that baclofen, and i suspect a number of other gaba agonists (which have been known to have anti anxiety and nerve calming effects) can decrease T les Rs.

i "discovered" an over the counter gaba agonist that i found was effective in decreasing tlesr but it is habituating, that is, it has a high potential for addiction, so ive not touted this substance

i will say that there is research evidence that canabinoid receptors may decrease tlesr, and in seattle, GERD is considered a valid reason to request medical marijuana! (no ive not tried this yet for suppressing reflux...but i might)

i presented that evidence here on a thread about 2 weeks ago

so yes... a would think that if one could use meditation, relaxation, exercise, calming substances, or any balanced combination of the above...one could substantially mitigate if not cure LPR
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